Galatea 2.2. By Richard Powers. First Edition, First Printing. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. New York, 1995.

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Richard Powers is one of the most celebrated literary novelists living today. He has been awarded the National Book Award for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize. While his works usually address themes of modern technology and its implications for society, Powers is most often placed on shelves of literary fiction rather than science or speculative fiction. This may be due to the fact that his works are primarily character-driven, using science and technology as mere aspects of plot rather than focal points. In Galatea 2.2, Powers presents a meta-narrative about a writing professor who engages in a technological experiment with computer scientist Philip Lentz. The experiment involves the programming and teaching of an Artificial Intelligence named Helen, with bets placed on whether the new AI program could comment on literary texts as well as a human. It is largely a retelling of the Pygmalion myth. Published in 1995, it also predicts recent developments in AI with remarkable accuracy. Of Powers’ many great novels, Galatea 2.2 stands out as a meta-narrative, with the main character a fictionalized version of Powers himself, and for its place among speculative works focused on AI.

This first edition, first printing is in fine condition. In the original half cloth boards, fine. Text block fine. In the original dust jacket, fine.

A fine first edition of Galatea 2.2, the classic AI speculative novel.

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Galatea 2.2. By Richard Powers. First Edition, First Printing. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. New York, 1995.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in